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English Education Major

Bringing Words to Life

Do you love reading, writing, and analyzing literary works? With an English Education degree, you can share your literary passions by teaching career in middle school or high school. English courses dive deep into classical and contemporary works of American, British, and world writers and thinkers. You will hone your creative and analytical writing skills, learn different approaches to literary criticism, and develop an understanding of grammar and composition.

By the Books of Education

Along with taking classes to develop your writing and literary analysis skills, you'll also take courses to prepare you for running a classroom. Education courses provide practical training in educational psychology, classroom management and discipline, and assessment methods for middle and high school classrooms. You will also be trained in varied approaches to teaching English and engaging secondary education students in English literature and creative writing.

Every English Education major completes a semester of full-time teaching during their senior year. The semester is split between two placements in different schools, in Indiana or abroad, in different grade levels.

Learn more about Education opportunities at Taylor.

English Education Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact the English Department

Nancy Dayton, English Department Chair
765-998-5543
nndayton@taylor.edu

Pamela Pegg, English Program Assistant
765-998-5141
pmpegg@taylor.edu

Contact the Education Department

Ben Hotmire, Chair of the Education Department
765-998-4312
bnhotmire@taylor.edu

Shannon Shilts, Education Program Assistant
765-998-5147
shannon_shilts@taylor.edu

Special Programs
  • Special Education

    Expand your education opportunities by adding a Mild Intervention certification to your degree. This Preschool-12 Special Education certificate allows Education majors to work with a broad range of students who have mild to moderate special needs. Learn More

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - TESOL

    Develop the skills to teach English as a second language to a diverse range of students. Complete the TESOL program with a significant amount of practical experience that will set you up for success. Learn More

English Department

Finding Your Voice

As a Taylor English scholar, you will have opportunities to dig deeper into canonical literary works and refine the way you communicate. As an artist, you will be encouraged to experiment with your writing style and find your written voice. Through our concentrations in Creative Writing or Literature, you will develop skills in critical inquiry, analysis, and storytelling—abilities that will propel you further in your career aspirations.

You will also receive encouragement, challenges, opportunities, and mentorship from peers and experienced English faculty who are dedicated to seeing you grow. Our faculty are experts and practicing artists, passionate about sharing their love for literature and creative writing.

With a 97 percent career placement rate, the English department has connections to businesses that are eager to hire Taylor students.

See for Yourself

Listen to Dr. Nancy Dayton, Chair of the English department, talk about the opportunities students have to explore at Taylor in literature, creative writing, and English.

The Perfect Publishing Environment

English majors enrolled in the Parnassus and Relief classes spend a lot of time in the Relief room, a space in Reade Liberal Arts Center dedicated to the literary journals and English students. With a conference table, a lounge area, and shelves of books, the Relief room is an ideal space for acquisition and editorial discussions.

Filling in the Future Pages
Grad Programs

Some of the careers our students pursue require a graduate degree. Taylor English graduates have attended the following graduate programs:

  • Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Ball State University
  • Boston University
  • Harvard School of Theology
  • Indiana University
  • Rutgers University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Vanderbilt University
Career Opportunities

English majors graduate as effective communicators, storytellers, and critical thinkers equipped for a wide range of career opportunities. You will be prepared to work as an author, lawyer, librarian, museum curator, journalist, teacher, publicist, librarian, editor — and more — in a variety of fields such as education, law, journalism, marketing, music, public relations, or government.

Learn more about Taylor University’s Communication, Language, & Writing philosophy.

Faculty & Staff
Department Head

Nancy Dayton

Department Chair & Professor of English

nndayton@taylor.edu

Faculty

Barb Bird

Professor of English, Dean of Faculty Development, & Director of the Bedi Center for Teaching and Learning

brbird@taylor.edu

Dan Bowman Jr.

Associate Professor of English

dnbowman@taylor.edu

Aaron Housholder

Assistant Professor of English

arhousholder@taylor.edu

Carie King

Assistant Professor of English

crking@taylor.edu

Lorne Mook

Associate Professor of English

lrmook@taylor.edu

Julie Moore

Director of the Writing Center & Associate Professor of English

julie_moore2@taylor.edu

Joe Ricke

Professor of English

jsricke@taylor.edu

Staff

Pamela Pegg

English & Modern Language Program Assistant

pmpegg@taylor.edu